A look at the new Nine Inch Nails album

NAILIN’ IT DOWN: Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, currently bunkered in a New Orleans funeral home that’s been converted into a recording studio, says the next NIN album (due in early ’98) will hold a few surprises for fans of the band’s patented raise-the-dead cacophony. ”I’m trying to get out of the confined guitar-bass-drum rock-band formula,” says Reznor, who’s working with a collaborator, NIN guitarist Danny Lohner, for the first time. Although he’s been soaking his ears in techno, Reznor says the new material ”doesn’t sound like what’s happening in clubs now — I’m trying to make an old Prince record, I think.”